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Rakim, I Am Hip Hop Icon Award: Rapper Gives Inspiring Acceptance Speech — Video

Rakim, who's usually tight-lipped when he's not behind the mic, had many words to share when accepting the I Am Hip Hop Icon award at Tuesday night's (Oct. 9) BET Hip Hop Awards. During his acceptance

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Future, Diddy BET Hip Hop Awards 2012: Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana Rep for Bad Boy — Video

As "Turn On the Lights" becomes the No. 1 rap song in America, according to chart position, rapper Future performed the Mike Will-produced hit during the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday night (Oct. 9). He took center stage then was joined by a

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BET Cyphers 2012: T.I., Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, Mystikal & Many More Rap — Videos

If the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards are the Super Bowl, then the cyphers are the halftime show, and this year's pairings offered up a quite a few surprises.

With DJ Premier manning the wheels, T.I. captained his Grand Hustle crew through choppy waters, while the West

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Chris Lighty Tribute, BET Hip Hop Awards 2012: Missy Elliott, Q-Tip & More Perform — Video

The 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards honored fallen music executive Chris Lighty Tuesday night (Oct. 9), uniting enemies and bringing friends together on one stage.

LL Cool J, an artist signed to Lighty's Violator M

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Meek Mill, BET Hip Hop Awards 2012: Rapper Performs ‘Amen, ‘Young & Gettin It’ With Kirko Bangz — Video

Meek Mill spit hot fire on the mic and had the stage in flames at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday night (Oct. 9).

The Maybach Music Group rapper, whose debut LP, Dreams and Nightmares, drops Oct. 30, had the audience on their feet as he moved through his anthem "Am

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BET Hip Hop Awards 2012 Winners

The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards have finally arrived. After a cloud of violence hung over the taping in Atlanta on Sept. 29, the show moved forward to celebrate the genre and its stars.

The BoomBox was there to witness many of the award winners give poignant speeches and artists perform touching tributes to fallen friends.

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BET Hip Hop Awards 2012: 2 Chainz Reflects, Chris Lighty Lives On, Cyphers Thrive

The 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards saw the return of the imprint-driven super performance with one of the best presentations coming from Taylor Gang with Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Young Jeezy pitching in to open the show. The BoomBox was front and

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Missy Elliott’s Studded Leather Jacket: Hit or Miss — Photo, Poll

Missy Elliott has always been one to turn heads with her outfits. Last week, during the taping of the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, the lauded rapper did just that while taking the stage to perform for a tribute to Chris Lighty, her late friend and manager.

The 41-year-old, who recently releas

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Pusha T Says 2 Chainz Taught Him ‘Best Lesson’ This Year — Exclusive

Pusha T learned a valuable lesson that came from an individual he worked closely with this year.

The Norfolk, Va., native, who's currently celebrating the G.O.O.D. Music release Cruel Summer, says the best direction

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RZA, ‘The Man With the Iron Fists’: MC Speaks on ‘Renaissance Man’ Title, Costume Design

RZA can't be satisfied with any one position for too long.

The leader of the Wu-Tang Clan is known as a rapper, producer, author and actor. While he's no stranger to movie sets, on Nov. 2 he'll be able to tack on movie director and screenwriter to

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